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'Take a break' tired drivers told

2011-11-08 11:16

As South Africans prepare for another great trek to the coast for their summer holiday transport minister Sibusiso Ndebele has called on drivers to take shifts on longer trips - or share the fate of 10 ZCC members.

Fatigue may have been the cause of a crash in which 10 members of the Zion Christian Church died on Sunday (Nov 6) so transport minister Sibusiso Ndebele has again called for drivers to rest when out on the long road.

"We (the transport ministry) are repeating our call for all public transport operators to ensure that no long-distance trip is undertaken without a relief driver," Ndebele said in a statement on Monday. But sharing the driving also matters for your family's Christmas trip to the coast.

The minister's plea came after the 10 church members were killed and 45 injured on Sunday night when the bus they were travelling in overturned on the N1 near Polokwane.

DUTY TO ENSURE SAFETY


Limpopo transport spokesman Thesan Moodley said the worshippers were returning to KZN after attending a church meeting in Zimbabwe when the bus driver lost control of the vehicle, hit a barrier and overturned.

Ndebele said drivers of public transport vehicles, especially buses and taxis, could not be expected to drive hundreds of kilometres for several hours without a relief driver on board.

"Public transport employers have a duty to ensure the safety of their workers and customers," he said.

He added officials from the Road Accident Fund were providing assistance to the affected families.

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Comments
  • Lloyd - 2011-11-08 15:25

    How's this for an idea. Instead of Metro cops manning speed traps in the middle of nowhere they could man roadside picnic stops where tired motorists could stop and stretch their legs and have a snack. In 'the old days' most drivers stopped and had a break but this can no longer be done because of the predators one is likely to encounter. Then again, security and saving lives is not a priority for Government.

  • Pride - 2011-11-08 16:54

    Minister Ndebele, please stop RE-acting to accidents and making token pleas to motorists after lives are lost - isn't it time your department started being PRO-active and coming up with some sort of road safety initiatives / campaigns etc to curb road deaths. With the festive season just a few weeks away, what efforts do we see being made? Nothing at all - same old story sadly. Last year Dec = 1 365 fatalities on the roads, let's see how many we can wipe out this year?

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